Why LeGarrette Blount picked the Eagles over the Pats, in his own words
When Bill Belichick signed running back Legarrette Blount to a rare May 9 tender two weeks ago, many assumed he'd be back in New England come next season. Instead, he bolted to Philadelphia on another one-year pact. So why, in his own words, did he do it?
For starters, Blount will have the opportunity to compete for a starting role in the Eagles backfield, unlike in New England. As he said, he thinks he can have a "banner season" in the City of Brotherly Love. Yet the 30-year-old felt that fit was the most important piece of his decision to leave Foxborough. "This is a perfect fit for me. I've done everything I wanted to do...I chose the Eagles for the reason of me fitting in really good here."
While it's pretty hard to blame him for wanting significant playing time--something he most likely wasn't going to have with the Pats next year--the "fit" in Philly is a bit of an interesting reason to leave. After all, Blount has enjoyed almost all of his career successes with the Pats, and he's had trouble assimilating into the culture on other clubs (most notably the Steelers). It seemed like Belichick and the Pats staff were able to unlock Blount's potential like no other team could. For his sake, let's hope Eagles coach Doug Pederson can find the key to that same production.
Next year may very well be Blount's final opportunity to shatter the perception of him as a talented but troubled back who could only work in one system. After all the dirty work he's done for the team over his time in Foxborough, he's earned a couple good years--let's hope they come to him in Philadelphia.